Ox Fr Zoom [Nl5]

    • jawoftheox
      jawoftheox
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      Hello,

      This blog will be more of a journal, where I'm going to track my progress as a poker player, write thoughts, goals, post hands/graphs etc. to keep myself motivated and, hopefully, to have something to look back at. Also I think it's a good idea to write a blog in english, so I could improve my english skills as well.

      About me

      I'm 21 years old, full time employed latvian, living in UK.

      I started playing at school, when I was 16 and I was making quite decent pocket money. We used to play homegames as well. When I turned 18, maybe even earlier, I started playing online. By that time I still hadn't read any book or article about poker so I obviously had no knowledge and was loosing player.
      Few weeks ago I began learning from basics. Right now I have ~100$ bankroll on various sites + I made a deposit on stars, so I would be tracked to PS, and achieve silver status to access more content. Year's goal is to keep improving. That's all.
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    • jawoftheox
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      So, I'm thinking about goals. (Yearly/monthly/daily) I have come to the conclusion, that I can't really set yearly goal right now, so I'll re evaluate at the end of January.

      Goals for January is simply to be as productive as possible.
      - go over bronze articles and videos once again before starting silver
      - strengthen basics and apply knowledge into practice

      Daily goals:
      - Devote 6h/day for poker. 2/3 playing, 1/3 learning
      - review session, post hands

      I play 6 tables NL2
    • Lazza61
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      Hey jawoftheox,

      Welcome to the blogs. :)

      You seem to have everything planned out and I like the direction you are heading in.

      Having a nice silver badge that opens up a lot of juicy content will really allow you to fast track your learning.

      Good luck on your journey and I for one shall be following.

      Cheers

      Laz
    • jawoftheox
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      Thanks, Lazza.
      Yes, indeed, a LOT of new and in-depth content.

      I think I won't play tomorrow, so I played little more today.
      Overall I think it was very good session, didn't had many tough decisions. Tried some new stuff, found fold button in situations where couldn't before..

      2.9k hands, profit +11 BI

    • Lazza61
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      Hey jawoftheox,

      Nice session. We would all like to maintain that sort of win rate.

      Being able to find the fold button is so important. Good players are not judged by the hands they play, they are judged by the hands they can let go.

      This vid is my fave. I wouldn't be able to let it go.



      Happy Grinding

      Laz
    • jawoftheox
      jawoftheox
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      Top of the game!

      This week I'm +/- breakeven on 888, not much to add. Lost too many AI's when ahead preflop, but crushed on flop. Some profit on other sites.

      Graph from 888:


      Went through bronze articles once again and started silver. Got fired from job, after not being there on January 1st (wasn't the only one), so now got some more free time, I need to find another one though. I was working night shifts, and didn't mind that, I even liked it, but no more. Can't get into sleep routine, so was always tired and sleepy. Couldn't concentrate. Yesterday woke up at midnight, today 2AM, so need to change that within next week.

      Was looking at my graph and the red line keeps growing, I don't really mind right now at NL2,NL5, but does it mean I'll need to completely change my approach, when climbing up the limits?
      I'm considering buying BlackRain79's book, price is definitely worth it and it seems to be quite interesting.
    • Lazza61
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      Hey jawoftheox,

      As long as your redline keeps heading up, there is no need to adjust. But when you move up, be prepared to adjust as you won't have as many opportunities to win uncontested pots.

      Happy Grinding

      Laz
    • jawoftheox
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      Ok, thanks Lazza!

      Got the book.
    • jawoftheox
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      But the good thing is that I don't feel bad, angry or frustrated.
      That's not all for today, though.
    • jawoftheox
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      888 Poker - $0.02 NL - Holdem - 8 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      MP: 112 BB (VPIP: 34.04, PFR: 18.09, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 94)
      MP+1: 100 BB (VPIP: 14.09, PFR: 8.83, 3Bet Preflop: 3.57, Hands: 597)
      CO: 6.5 BB (VPIP: 40.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 10)
      BTN: 53 BB (VPIP: 21.52, PFR: 7.59, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 79)
      Hero (SB): 100 BB
      BB: 128.5 BB (VPIP: 40.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 5)
      UTG: 87.5 BB (VPIP: 30.25, PFR: 4.92, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 371)
      UTG+1: 106.5 BB (VPIP: 20.00, PFR: 20.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 5)

      Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 8:heart: 8:spade:

      fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 4 BB, BB calls 3 BB

      Flop: (8 BB, 2 players) 7:spade: J:spade: T:spade:
      Hero bets 6 BB, BB calls 6 BB

      Turn: (20 BB, 2 players) 4:diamond:
      Hero checks, BB bets 4 BB, Hero calls 4 BB

      River: (28 BB, 2 players) 9:spade:
      Hero bets 86 BB, BB calls 86 BB

      Finally got some value from monsters. Usually profit from quads are like 4BB
    • Lazza61
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      Hey jawoftheox,

      That's a damn nice river. :)

      Also glad to see you managed too change your blog title. :f_thumbsup:

      Happy Grinding

      Laz
    • jawoftheox
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      Originally posted by Lazza61
      Hey jawoftheox,

      That's a damn nice river. :)

      Also glad to see you managed too change your blog title. :f_thumbsup:

      Happy Grinding

      Laz
      Yea, thought that the best thing to do is shove, luckily he called with pocket tens.

      Didn't thought that I can change the title so easy :D

      Last few days was really really bad, both NL2 and NL6 just couldn't win. Lost 50$, many coolers and bad beats. So for the first time sensed variance and more importantly how it affects my mindset. Was quite disappointed, but I knew that it's just a matter of time.

      I'm sick of NL2, so now let's boost playing volume and study as well.
      Today was a great and sunny morning in UK, so a lot of positive emotions :)

      Update



      Few hundred BB boost in the middle of the graph from drunks :)

      Few key hands:

      888 Poker - $0.02 NL - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      SB: 59.5 BB (VPIP: 79.31, PFR: 3.45, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 30)
      BB: 54 BB (VPIP: 11.93, PFR: 9.14, 3Bet Preflop: 4.44, Hands: 178)
      UTG: 100 BB (VPIP: 15.30, PFR: 6.25, 3Bet Preflop: 3.07, Hands: 469)
      UTG+1: 100 BB (VPIP: 15.58, PFR: 11.04, 3Bet Preflop: 9.76, Hands: 154)
      UTG+2: 134.5 BB (VPIP: 26.32, PFR: 13.16, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 40)
      MP: 100 BB (VPIP: 17.78, PFR: 7.78, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 90)
      MP+1: 50 BB (VPIP: 13.29, PFR: 7.96, 3Bet Preflop: 5.83, Hands: 737)
      CO: 55 BB (VPIP: 18.27, PFR: 1.92, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 104)
      Hero (BTN): 130.5 BB

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 9:spade: 8:spade:

      fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 4 BB, SB calls 3.5 BB, fold

      Flop: (9 BB, 2 players) J:spade: T:club: K:spade:
      SB bets 6.5 BB, Hero calls 6.5 BB

      Turn: (22 BB, 2 players) 4:spade:
      SB bets 16.5 BB, Hero calls 16.5 BB

      River: (55 BB, 2 players) A:club:
      SB checks, Hero bets 25 BB, SB calls 25 BB

      Hero shows 9:spade: 8:spade: (Flush, King High) (Pre 69%, Flop 77%, Turn 100%)
      SB mucks 6:club: 9:heart: (High Card, Ace) (Pre 31%, Flop 23%, Turn 0%) :f_thumbsup: :f_thumbsup: :f_thumbsup:
      Hero wins 98.5 BB

      888 Poker - $0.02 NL - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      CO: 87.5 BB (VPIP: 17.39, PFR: 13.04, 3Bet Preflop: 20.00, Hands: 23)
      BTN: 69 BB (VPIP: 50.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 4)
      SB: 100 BB (VPIP: 14.29, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 14)
      Hero (BB): 238 BB
      UTG: 98.5 BB (VPIP: 12.72, PFR: 2.83, 3Bet Preflop: 1.08, Hands: 284)
      MP: 98.5 BB (VPIP: 27.45, PFR: 13.30, 3Bet Preflop: 3.70, Hands: 206)

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has K:heart: K:spade:

      fold, fold, CO raises to 4 BB, fold, fold, Hero raises to 10 BB, CO raises to 30.5 BB, Hero raises to 238 BB, CO calls 57 BB

      Flop: (175.5 BB, 2 players) Q:diamond: Q:club: T:diamond: :rage: :rage:

      Turn: (175.5 BB, 2 players) 2:club:

      River: (175.5 BB, 2 players) 4:heart:

      CO shows T:spade: Q:spade: (Full House, Queens full of Tens) (Pre 18%, Flop 91%, Turn 95%)
      Hero shows K:heart: K:spade: (Two Pair, Kings and Queens) (Pre 82%, Flop 9%, Turn 5%)
      CO wins 165 BB

      888 Poker - $0.02 NL - Holdem - 8 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      MP+1: 86 BB (VPIP: 16.76, PFR: 8.53, 3Bet Preflop: 3.37, Hands: 345)
      Hero (CO): 278 BB
      BTN: 98.5 BB (VPIP: 42.42, PFR: 6.06, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 33)
      SB: 127.5 BB (VPIP: 17.30, PFR: 8.65, 3Bet Preflop: 1.85, Hands: 186)
      BB: 88.5 BB (VPIP: 30.00, PFR: 10.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 20)
      UTG: 106 BB (VPIP: 50.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 22)
      UTG+1: 102.5 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 2)
      MP: 114.5 BB (VPIP: 34.48, PFR: 3.45, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 29)

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 8:spade: 8:diamond:

      UTG calls 1 BB, fold, MP calls 1 BB, fold, Hero raises to 6 BB, fold, fold, fold, UTG calls 5 BB, MP calls 5 BB

      Flop: (19.5 BB, 3 players) 8:club: 3:spade: Q:club:
      UTG bets 9.5 BB, MP calls 9.5 BB, Hero raises to 33 BB, UTG calls 23.5 BB, MP calls 23.5 BB

      Turn: (118.5 BB, 3 players) 2:spade:
      UTG checks, MP checks, Hero bets 38.5 BB, UTG calls 38.5 BB, MP calls 38.5 BB

      River: (234 BB, 3 players) 2:diamond:
      UTG checks, MP checks, Hero bets 37 BB, UTG calls 28.5 BB, MP calls 37 BB

      Hero shows 8:spade: 8:diamond: (Full House, Eights full of Twos) (Pre 45%, Flop 97%, Turn 100%)
      UTG shows Q:spade: 9:heart: (Two Pair, Queens and Twos) (Pre 19%, Flop 3%, Turn 0%)
      MP shows Q:heart: K:spade: (Two Pair, Queens and Twos) (Pre 36%, Flop 1%, Turn 0%)
      Hero wins 300 BB
      Hero wins 15.5 BB
    • jawoftheox
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    • kakadu144
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      Well done mate and keep going :)
    • jawoftheox
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      Thanks!

      +14$ from freerolls :coolface:

      Today ZOOM



      888 weeks graph





      PokerStars - $0.02 NL FAST - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 75 BB (VPIP: 6.25, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 32)
      SB: 100 BB (VPIP: 10.00, PFR: 10.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 10)
      BB: 100 BB
      UTG: 149.5 BB (VPIP: 7.14, PFR: 3.57, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 30)
      UTG+1: 133 BB (VPIP: 19.23, PFR: 13.73, 3Bet Preflop: 10.53, Hands: 52)
      UTG+2: 273.5 BB (VPIP: 57.89, PFR: 5.26, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 20)
      MP: 101 BB (VPIP: 14.81, PFR: 11.11, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 28)
      Hero (MP+1): 221.5 BB
      CO: 117 BB (VPIP: 9.68, PFR: 6.45, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 31)

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Q:diamond: Q:club:

      fold, fold, UTG+2 calls 1 BB, fold, Hero raises to 5 BB, fold, fold, fold, fold, UTG+2 calls 4 BB

      Flop: (11.5 BB, 2 players) 3:heart: 4:club: 4:heart:
      UTG+2 bets 5 BB, Hero calls 5 BB

      Turn: (21.5 BB, 2 players) 2:heart:
      UTG+2 bets 6 BB, Hero calls 6 BB

      River: (33.5 BB, 2 players) Q:heart:
      UTG+2 bets 257.5 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 205.5 BB and is all-in

      UTG+2 shows A:heart: T:spade: (Flush, Ace High) (Pre 29%, Flop 18%, Turn 32%)
      Hero shows Q:diamond: Q:club: (Full House, Queens full of Fours) (Pre 71%, Flop 82%, Turn 68%)
      Hero wins 429.5 BB

      PokerStars - $0.02 NL FAST - Holdem - 9 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 42.5 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 1)
      Hero (SB): 182 BB
      BB: 87.5 BB
      UTG: 201.5 BB (VPIP: 33.33, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 3)
      UTG+1: 115.5 BB (VPIP: 33.33, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 12)
      UTG+2: 110 BB (VPIP: 22.22, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 9)
      MP: 74.5 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 2)
      MP+1: 47 BB
      CO: 105 BB (VPIP: 44.44, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 9)

      Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Q:spade: Q:diamond:

      UTG calls 1 BB, fold, fold, MP calls 1 BB, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 5 BB, fold, UTG calls 4 BB, MP calls 4 BB

      Flop: (16 BB, 3 players) 6:heart: 9:spade: 5:heart:
      Hero bets 10 BB, UTG calls 10 BB, MP calls 10 BB

      Turn: (46 BB, 3 players) 5:club:
      Hero bets 29 BB, UTG calls 29 BB, fold

      River: (104 BB, 2 players) Q:heart:
      Hero bets 138 BB and is all-in, UTG calls 138 BB

      Hero shows Q:spade: Q:diamond: (Full House, Queens full of Fives) (Pre 68%, Flop 53%, Turn 75%)
      UTG shows A:heart: 2:heart: (Flush, Ace High) (Pre 32%, Flop 47%, Turn 25%)
      Hero wins 366.5 BB
    • jawoftheox
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      6MAX BABY


      Pacific, $0.02/$0.04 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 5 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      MP: $3.07 (76.8 bb)
      CO: $7.33 (183.3 bb)
      Hero (BTN): $4.95 (123.8 bb)
      SB: $3.96 (99 bb)
      BB: $4 (100 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BTN with K A
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.12, SB folds, BB raises to $0.29, Hero raises to $1, BB calls $0.71

      Flop: ($2.02) A A Q (2 players)
      BB bets $1.01, Hero raises to $3.95 and is all-in, BB calls $1.99 and is all-in

      Turn: ($8.02) Q (2 players, 2 are all-in)
      River: ($8.02) 8 (2 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results:
      $8.02 pot ($0.40 rake)
      Final Board: A A Q Q 8
      Hero showed K A and lost (-$4 net)
      BB showed Q Q and won $7.62 ($3.62 net)


      FR on stars regular and zoom without HUD


      Yesterday +26$ from freeroll and today finished 93rd of 8k players @ 5.50$ 30K GTD on stars for 38.13$, was really disappointed. Although I have no knowledge about MTT's I think I was doing well. Seemed as soft as freeroll, especially first two hours.
    • jawoftheox
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      :f_ugly:
    • jawoftheox
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      Oh, such a long time since last update.
      Stopped playing at 888, since there is no traffic for FR, sometimes I play looser NL6 and NL10 tables, but not much and a bit 6MAX, trying to adopt.

      PokerStars finally added 20$ bonus, after the last letter I sent. And wow, it took just a little bit over a month :f_biggrin:

      27 SP short for gold status last month :facepalm:
    • jawoftheox
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      Boom! I decided to play 100k hands a month, till the end of the year, so it's 1M overall. I moved from regular tables to zoom, so it's not that much.
      So, generally, it's ~3k hands a day, wich I will definitely fail, I might fail 25k hands a week, but I will not fail monthly 100k, that's for sure! ;)

      Boom! Gold status! Now I can watch Raskolnikov's "Champions Stand Up One More Time Than The Rest" Part two. Bujaka!

      Boom! I will quit smoking! Today is the day one.
    • jawoftheox
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      Morning.

      Second day without smoking. Well, I feel fine. I woke up and I didn't even had an tiniest thought about smoking, like I've never been smoking before. Yesterday was a bit worse, I was quite nervous for the whole day, especially at work, but as I said, today is much better and I expect tomorrow to be even better, and on and on and on.

      I didn't throw away my tobacco, I actually have a half-full pack on the fridge. I didn't changed my routine. I still go to kitchen every hour, hour and a half. I just don't smoke. I look through the window, think about some stuff, drink a lot of tea.

      I don't like my blog anymore, I feel like I'm on a different page right now, on a fresh page. I either will start a new one, or will change this one. I have some more things on my mind regarding my health and everyday life, which I will think through in upcoming week :)

      I will post updates regarding poker once a week, on saturdays or sundays, except if something special happens :)